collective behavior
Image of the Day: Circularity
Image of the Day: Circularity
Sukanya Charuchandra | Aug 15, 2018
A marine flatworm swarms in a circular fashion off the coast of Guernsey.
How Ants Make Collective DecisionsHow Ants Make Collective Decisions
How Ants Make Collective Decisions
Sukanya Charuchandra | Aug 1, 2018
Transport of food sways between two modes.
Infected Ants Chemically Attract Workers to Destroy Them
Infected Ants Chemically Attract Workers to Destroy Them
Jim Daley | Apr 1, 2018
Social insects kill infected individuals for the benefit of the colony—and now a study has shown how they know who’s sick.
Inventing Teamwork
Inventing Teamwork
The Scientist Staff | Jan 1, 2016
What can social networks among hunter-gatherers in Tanzania teach us about how cooperation evolved in human populations?
Roach Conformity
Roach Conformity
Jenny Rood | Feb 4, 2015
Individual cockroaches can be shy or bold, but they alter their behavior to fit in with a group, a study shows.
Keeping Track
Keeping Track
Daniel Cossins | Oct 1, 2014
New software that can trace the individual paths of every animal in a massive swarm could help biologists unravel the secrets of collective behavior.
Collective Robot Behavior
Collective Robot Behavior
Jef Akst | Aug 18, 2014
A swarm of more than 1,000 small, puck-shaped robots can assemble into diverse patterns.
Send in the Bots
Send in the Bots
Jef Akst | Oct 1, 2013
Animal robots have become a unique tool for studying the behavior of their flesh-and-blood counterparts.
Beach Reading
Beach Reading
Mary Beth Aberlin | Jul 1, 2013
A vacation from your lab doesn’t have to mean a break from fascinating developments on the life science front.
Group Think
Group Think
Cristina Luiggi | Jul 1, 2013
Flocks of birds and schools of fish become more than the sum of their parts thanks to complex interactive behaviors.